In this world controlled and timed by light, an ordinary man has a plan that could change the natural order of things.
Wild Love: Jake Norton and Wende Valentine
Wild Love is a series about the romantic relationships of outdoor athletes and adventurers. This episode features the marriage of Jake Norton, a renowned alpinist for First Ascent and his wife, Wende Valentine, who works with Water For People. As this synopsis was being written, Norton was on Everest, attempting to summit the mountain via the West Ridge, first climbed by Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld on the famous 1953 American expedition. The film explores how the risks of Norton’s chosen profession, along with the distance and time away from home, pose extra challenges for Valentine and their two young children.
The Love Competition
This delightful short documents the Stanford University MRI lab’s first-ever love competition. Each contestant has 5 minutes in an fMRI machine to love someone as much as they can. The winner’s brain generates the greatest activity for the neurochemical experience of love.
What Happened on Pam Island
What Happened on Pam Island is a love story between two Polish alpinists on an extraordinary expedition. Their goal is to climb Maujit Qaqarssuasia on the uninhabited Pam Island in Greenland, which, at over 1,500 meters (around 5,100 feet), is the world’s highest, near-vertical sea cliff. To get there, they need to cross eerie, storm-ridden oceans in kayaks, where capsizing in freezing waters would mean almost-certain death. Eliza Kubarska and David Kaszlikowski filmed the expedition to capture not just the feats of mountaineering, but also their own beautiful (and complicated) romance. This original climbing film reveals new motivation to conquer the unclimbed: a kiss at the top.